NGO-CEDAW was founded in 1995 after several Cambodian women activists returned from the Beijing World Conference on Women. NGO-CEDAW has been a nationally registered NGO with Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior since October 21, 2009 with registration number 2587.
NGO-CEDAW’s role is to monitor and promote the implementation of CEDAW in Cambodia and to engage in advocacy following the publication of each NGO Shadow Report. NGO-CEDAW now comprises a coalition of more than 30 NGOs and has significant networks dedicated to the advancement of women. The organization has a strong background in conducting awareness-raising and capacity-building activities for its members. NGO-CEDAW has substantial experience in effective program management.
NGO-CEDAW has also established a good relationship with the government. Significant results of such collaboration include the adoption of many of its recommendations into the official CEDAW report and influencing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in its decision to adopt the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Protection of Victims as well as a new anti-trafficking law. Responding to advocacy from NGO-CEDAW, the Ministry of Interior adopted a people-friendly civil registration system. NGO-CEDAW also regularly organizes trainings on CEDAW for the Cambodian National Council of Women (CNCW). With the prompting of NGO-CEDAW, the National Assembly finally ratified the Optional Protocol on CEDAW in 2010. Recently, NGO-CEDAW worked with the government to recommend amendments to the domestic violence law.
The steering committee (board of directors) is composed of seven to nine members elected for five years by the General Assembly of member NGOs: the chairperson, the vice-chairperson and seven members at large. The steering committee has the important role of making decisions on: developing strategies; tactics for advocacy, lobbying and capacity-building; approval of administrative decisions and hiring; and other important topics.
Names of current steering committee members are on the “Our Board” page.
Names of current member NGOs are on the “Our Members” page.
NGO-CEDAW has six sub-committees, each dedicated to a specific field of interest. Sub-committee members provide the information for the Shadow Reports by analyzing the situation and suggesting a plan of action for advocacy. Each sub-committee has a coordinator chosen by its members. The sub-committees cover the following issues:
- Labor and economy (including economic empowerment and the agricultural sector);
- Health and environment;
- Education, information and media;
- Politics and decision making;
- Gender-based violence and law, including land and labor issues and migrant workers; and
- Vulnerable, disabled and minority women.